Despite Being Born a Free Black Woman, Sarah Parker Remond Fought Against Slavery

Sarah Parker Remond

Born as a free black woman in 1894, Sarah Parker Remond had a more stable life as a child than the grand majority of black Americans in her time. According to BlackPast, Remond had two free-born and financially stable parents and eight siblings. This kind of household in the black community was unheard of and allowed Remond an opportunity that most others didn't: to fight segregation from a position of influence. 
By her mid-30s, Remond had created a foundation of stature for herself from which she would be delivering lectures and conducting rallies to defend the rights of everyone. Remond is considered a suffragist icon for making great strides in the fight for women's rights.

Remond's audience wasn't limited to Americans only, however. Her tour reached across the Atlantic all the way to Britain and even Ireland. In one of her many lectures, Reomand is quoted for acknowledging: "I appeal on behalf of four million men, women, and children...not because they are identical with my race and color, though I am proud of that identity, but because they are men and women."

With dedication like hers, even against unbearable odds, Remond never backed down from the fight. During her travels, Remond became yet another abolitionist who connected with Frederick Douglass. At this point in time, she chose to live abroad than continue living in America. This legend among activists carried on against segregation and oppression until her death in 1894.